Finally took the plunge and got myself a Nikon D7000
I was posted in the God's own Country for about 5 years. As an avid automotive fan, I was reading automotive magazines since my college days. When the Yamaha R15 was launched in 2008, I made up my mind to purchase one but I didn't had much savings at that point of time. So started saving and when saved enough after 2 years in June 2010 brought Home a Yellow R15. Started exploring the beautiful state of Kerala on my Bike and also group rides with fellow members of a motorcycling forum.
Visiting beautiful places calls for a camera to capture the moments and the landscapes.
So, after searching the internet for a bit and with a limited budget of Rs.10k, got a Fujifilm S2950 from ebay.
Pros of the S2950: can be operated in full manual mode with user defined ISO, shutter speed and aperture along with 18x optical zoom. It is light weight and did its job pretty well.
Cons: small sensor, less than average low light snaps, plasticy feel.
The S2950 served me well but at a point of time the DSLR bug bit me in pursuit of better pictures and low light performance.
Decided to get a Nikon D5100 as its online price was in my budget and positive reviews. Local dealers were quoting much more.
I then went to a friend who is a professional photographer for advice regarding the D5100. I also asked him which DSLR would be best for the lowest budget for a beginner. To my surprise he didn't advice me to get the D5100/5200 but asked me to get the D90. The reasons he stated was that the D90 has an auto focus motor built in the body and most of the people with DSLRs he knew out grew their D3xxx or D5xxx after a few years of use and wanted to upgrade to minimum D90 or D7000. Not that the D3xxx or D5xxx were bad but as per my friend once people get over their beginner stage, they wanted more from their cameras. I didn't had any past experience with a DSLR and no idea regarding usage of the same so had to take his word.
Both the D90 and D7000 were out of my budget.
Again after a lot of research online I found the D7000 to be a better deal with a few thousand rupees price difference.
Still as the price was high I was not able to make up my mind and all my research kept going towards the D5xxx.
Added advantages of the D5xxx were the flip out screen, built in HRD functionality and selective colour photography which I like a lot. All these are absent in D90 and D7000.
With a inner battle with my mind vs heart, I decided to wait and save for the Nikon D7000. It has a magnesium alloy chassis for ruggedness, it is weather sealed for use in dusty/drizzly/moisturey conditions and has an autofocus motor. Also has an additional LCD displayon top and most controls were button driven unlike the D3xxx or D5xxx which are menu driven. The EN-EL15 Li-ion battery can take more than 1000 snaps at single charge. And the buttons are customizable.
I asked another friend to let me borrow his Nikon D3100 for learning purpose and getting familiarized with a DSLR. Thanks to him I learned a thing or two.
In the meantime, I kept an eye on the ever fluctuating prices of amazon.in. The price would vary from 52k to 68k randomly, a different price every day. I felt waiting till the Festive season will be fruitful as I may get some additional discounts.
However one fine day when the price was about 51k, I knew I could not get it any more less than this and bought it.
Amazon ships through Fedex and the package arrived in just 3 days
I am still learning about photography from the internet and still learning the Camera.
It came with a Class 10 8GB card and a bag. The bag was not to my liking so I bought a sling bag from amazon. Also bought low cost filters from ebay. One UV filter, one CPL filter and one ND 8 filter. A shoulder strap from ebay.com is yet to arrive.
I shelled out almost 55k in total including the accessories. As of Today, amazon has priced the D90 at around 50k and the D7000 at 58k.
Happy with my purchase and a lot yet to learn.